Dominique - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thetomG on 08-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian style sour ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear red tinged copper with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent rentention and leaves very little lacing.

S - nice blend of tart cherry, lactic acid, oak and very faint vanilla.

T - similar to smell with nice tartness, but no where near mouth puckering. Bourbon notes come through after the tartness fades. Finishes clean with a faint amount of numbing alcohol.

M - light and clean.

O - really enjoyed this. Not the most complex wild ale but the cherries and oaky bourbon work well together.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Birdsal House a few months ago when GI pretty much took over the taps, and reviewed from notes.

Pours cloudy, darker amber with a rose hue. Very minor head, just a tiny bubble film as well as fine lacing.

The nose is of light smoke and fruit, with some green tea tossed in.

Notes of sour plums, fruity, moderatly sour, jammy notes, lite smoke. Complex and flavorful. Sour yes, but not over the top. Delicious creation.

Please bottle this and make it widely in my area.

Photo of deebo
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at happy gnome
A-clear golden/amber with a bit of white lacing
S-bourbon aroma is quite noticeable. Weak notes of Brett like funk
T-more bourbon than sour. The bourbon is upfront with some tartness at the end. A fair amount of grain taste
M-moderate carbonation. Some astringency. Warming finish Finish is fairly clean
O-very light on the sourness. A bourbon forward beer with plenty of beery malty taste

Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Eastern District Brooklyn NY.

A - Pours Hazy Orange with white head that disappears quickly. Decent Lacing.

S - Smells like a saison without the spice. Sugary, Tart comes through as it warms, a bit of fruit, booze. Bourbon is dominant, but not overpowering. Not picking up much else. Slight dissapointment here.

T - Tart at first but melds with bourbon very well then a bit of fruityness for smooth ending, with a slight bit of tart at the end. Very interesting. Not like any sour Ive had.

M - Nice. Right amount of tart mixed with low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Not very sour, so drinkability is pretty high. Definitely not tasting any of the alcohol in this beer.

Interesting brew. Definitely didnt blow me away, but definitely a nice meld of flavors sour, bourbon and sweet.

Definitely worthy of a pint or two.

Photo of nkersten
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at FoBAB. Poured into taster glass, murky golden color with an off white creamy head, good retention that is not common for the style. Smell is bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some slightly sour grapes and lemon zest. Taste is wet oak, sour citrus, fresh grapes, bourbon, and a slightly harsh aftertaste that is very similar to some of the Jim Beam barrel beers I have tried. Medium bodied and coating, light carbonation. Kind of creamy considering the style. This is an interesting experiment that I doubt will ever see bottling. Not a terrible beer, but being a wild I was hoping for something closer to the style - this drinks more like an end of the night tasting blend of whatever was left in the last of the bottles.

Photo of socon67
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color. Bubbly carbonation. Active foamy head.

S - Smells earthy, with notes of wood. There is a scent of apples too. This is how an apple cider would smell.

T - Sour apple flavored, with spicy notes in the middle. Finishes more tart.

M - Would be great for a summer BBQ. Goes good with the warm weather.

O - Of the "3 sisters" from GI, I think I prefer this one. Justy a tasty wild ale.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled at Decicco's 5/19/11. Poured from a 16oz. swingtop growler into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a quickly dissipating .5 finger creamy white head. Beer is a nice clear orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. Slightly above average.

S: Nose is cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, floral, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, and some sweet bourbon at the end. Interesting combination and wholly unexpected for the style but very pleasant.

T: Opens citrus fruit, cinnamon, and candied brown sugar. Notes of butterscotch and vanilla towards the middle with slight tangerine tartness lingering in the forefront. Finish is vanilla and some bourbon heat. Aftertaste is sweet. Not really sour or funky... more of a fruit beer with a bit of bourbon and a twang of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily, silky, and filmy in the mouth and smooth and silky going down. Finish is slightly messy with a lingering aftertaste. Nice but a bit dull at times.

O: Dominique is a very strange creation in that its a wild ale that's not really sour and not really funky. More like a well made, mellow fruit beer aged in bourbon barrels. Very in line with a lot of other Goose Island "sister" offerings. Worth a try but it might not be what you're looking for in the style.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, Churchkey DC on NYE

sampled a few servings

appearance: served in a wide-mouthed glass, transparent bright amber body with orange hues. Light beige film ring

smell: the bourbon barrel is felt - vanilla, oak, bourbon, wild yeast, booze soaked cherry

taste: a bourbon barrel wild ale? how has BA not exploded at the sound of this? Surprisingly, it actually works out pretty well. The barrel notes are a little heavy but i really like the bourbon/vanilla/oak notes in a beer that isnt big and malty - tart cherry, chocolate, funky yeast. There's a lot going on here, but i like it.

mouthfeel: a bit boozy, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of beerhan
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus. Served in a small snifter with a rich amber color. Very thick with lots of bubbles and a thin white head that remains. Smells very boozy, lots of oak and bourbon notes with a hint of fruit. Taste is a bit sour at first followed by boatloads of bourbon and some tropical fruitiness to it. It's a little bit of a crazy beer that I am glad to have had but its just a little too boozy for me. I could attempt to have a few but they really creep up on you. Final thoughts, too much bourbon made this just a little too strong for me and I would have liked more fruit flavor.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold body with a tint of pink. There was a streaming flow of carbonation from the bottom, but no head.

The nose is cherries and vanilla, a great combo. The cherries are very pronounced.

The taste is sour cherries with a the vanilla complimenting it nicely. There's a boozy sting to it from the bourbon, but it all plays well.

Mouthfeel is puckering and a little hot with good carbonation.

I very much enjoyed this beer. I had never heard of it prior to tonight and when I read "a bourbon barrel aged sour" on the menu it piqued my curiousity. I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted golden honey color with a small wispy off-white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is tart from the oak barrel, unripe green apple skins, lemon and a touch of bourbon. There is also a bit of funk, which I am not sure I like. As it warmed, the funk turned into a vanilla aroma

As in the aroma, the taste is tart from the oak. The brew has a nice mellow oak flavor which brings tart apple, lemon and vanilla notes to the party. The bourbon is very subtle as it contributes a kiss of bourbon flavor and some general sweetness. There is also a light unrippen raspberry flavor.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate with some tart notes and the ale finishes dry. Very nice balance, drinks crisp and fairly clean.

A good oaky, sweet wild ale. Not as tart or phenolic as other wild ales but the beer has good balance and is quite drinkable. Not sure if I was going to like the bourbon flavor in such a lightly malted brew but the flavor is subtle and adds an interesting sweetness.

Photo of trappistlover
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(32oz growler courtesy of cosmicevan!). Pours crystal orange with thin white head. Some sour and sweetness from the bourbon. It's got some sour, but the bourbon does not overpower the beerThin texture and smooth finish. Pretty good. Very glad I got to try this. Huge thanks to cosmicevan for this!

Photo of CruisaC
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teller's in Cincinnati

Poured into a 10oz tulip

By the time it made its way up from the bar to our table, there was virtually no head. The beer itself was a pretty copper color. Some moderate lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smelled mostly of the sour side of things; citrusy, lemony, with just enough zing to make you pay attention. I didn't really detect much of the bourbon at least in the smell, which is why the taste was so surprising

You are initially hit by the crisp, sour, a little funky nature of the base beer right off the bat. Overall, I think, this is significantly muted and shared equally by the bourbon. It comes on right at the midway point of the taste and transitions to some vanilla and sweetness before finishing dry again

The mouthfeel is crisp with mild to moderate carbonation and just a touch of the creaminess of the bourbon

This was an interesting concept beer for me and one that took a minute to wrap my head around. Intuitively this shouldn't work in my book, but I did find myself enjoying this beer overall. I would be interested to taste some other offerings from this category to compare strengths and weaknesses. This was definitely a sipper for me but mostly because there was so much going on; I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lillie's Q, served in a tiny mason jar. >_>

Copper gold with lazy streams of ascending carbonation. Thin white cap of foam that settles to a modest ring without much lacing.

Complex barrel aroma of honey, vanilla, oak, and a slight kiss of wild sourness. Familiar in some way, similar to an early experimental batch, possibly served at FoBAB in years past.

Oak tannin and a slight puckering sourness at first, vanilla and apple cider traces blend with a minor note of coconut from the bourbon barrel. Rudimentary traces of Brett surface as woody spice. Body is fairly light with low to moderate carbonation. Prime bomber candidate, it left me wanting more for sure. Seemingly simple enough to dissect, but ultimately a real pleasure to drink, making this a success in my eyes.

Photo of gregshead
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a copper color with a half finger of head thata dissipates quickly.

S: The nose is exceptional. A mixture of sweet bourbon, belgian pale ale and funky/tart sour smell.

T: Sweet up front. Belgian yeasty base is there. The tart hits in the middle and mostly gives way to a Bourbon end/aftertaste

M: Light on the carbonation, little bit of an oily feel that fits this beer. Little bit of heat/burn on the tongue at the end

O: This was a special treat to have. I found the bourbon and sour mix to be really well intermixed. I wish it was a little bit more sour but then again maybe it would have overpowered the bourbon that I loved in it as well

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Kramer's Books in DC into a snifter glass. Unfortunately this felt just a tad too cold upon serving. This is my first American Wild Ale, seems like a good place to start.

An interesting red copper orange colored body, with a small head that disappears slowly. Some real good carbonation comes from the bottom, but it has a soda bubbles kind of look to it. It's clear bodied with some lacing.

The first scent immediately is of apple butter, but also a sense that this is a wet beer coming. There's a juicy fruit marmalade sense to this beer with only a faint hint of sour coming out. Real interesting.

Taste is almost Flanders Red like in sensation. Slightly fizzy at first with a fruit grape like skin resin. Some marmalade as mentioned on the nose comes through on the palate, but also has a white grape juice fruit box quality to it. Slightly vinous but low acidity and hints of fizz. Strangely there is almost a numbing novocaine sensation to this drink.

Interesting for drinkability. I would have again but I would like to try more of this style, it does remind me a little bit of Matilda in a way.

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Rattle-n-Hum in NYC

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy ivory head that leaves behind some great lacing. Great nose of funky "bugs", vinegar, Bourbon, and oak. Taste is nice and complex, with an early earthy vinegar tartness fading to oak and sweet Bourbon. Very smooth, with no biting acidity. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall an excellent Wild Ale that's surprisingly drinkable!

Photo of happilysurly
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know I'm not supposed to review a beer from memory from the night before, but I simply have to with this beer since I may never have it again. I had it on tap at Beer Geek Christmas (Heritage Liquor in MN). I can honestly say I've never had a beer like this, EVER. It poured like champagne with a large head that very rapidly dissipated. A very clear beer with a pinkish hue. I really appreciated the pungency of the aroma since I have a hard time picking that up in most beers. The smell was sour, of course, with notes of cherry.

This beer tasted so damn good. The only beer I can remember that had this kind of intense layering while still being FAIRLY light on the palate (don't crucify me for that statement please) is the 2009 Nemesis. I got so much from this. Saltiness, toffee, caramel, cherry, tart, apple, vanilla. Sure it was a bit dry and the flavor didn't last all night, but I didn't want to stop drinking it.

The mouthfeel was very light and refreshing. Reminds me of when I was a kid and had the sparkling apple cider at thanksgiving.

I couldn't stop drinking this beer. I would drink it again and again if I could. The mouthfeel and taste kept me constantly sipping and the flavor helped me keep going back for more.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden orange with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a white wine style glass, dominique is a bright golden-amber in color, holding a ring of white carbonation around the edges of the glass

s: clean pale malts with a nice grainy edge, great wild aromas - not a beginner wild, but balanced enough to not completely offend the uninitiated with its barnyard character, crisp granny smith apple and underripe grape, pleasantly acidic, the barreling offers smooth oak and just a glimpse of boozy bourbon, really makes for a nice combination

m: appropriately carbonated, around moderate with a touch of spritz, with a crisp body somewhere on the lower side of medium

t: clean pale malts with only a hint of earthy grain sweetness, bourbon levels are light and oak provides an extra layer of flavor, funk levels are middle-of-the-road, tart fruits - green apple and white grape, finishing with a slight lactic tang and aged hop flavor, some alcoholic heat comes out after warming - the only detractor here

d: a very nice wild from the Goose, easy drinker

draft at ChurchKey, DC

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that disappeared almost immediately, leaving some lacing on the surface.
S: The aroma is slightly sour and has some notes of cherries and hints of sweetness.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of sourness, which is contrasted by some hints of sweetness from the bourbon barrel aging. There are some hints of cherries and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very smoothly and the sweet and sour flavors make it an interesting beer to sip. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the smell or taste.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Church Key in DC last night. This one immediately caught my attention, as it is aged in old bourbon county barrels.

A- Warm glowing amber color with a pure white head. Its roughly the color of a glass of bourbon once the ice has melted.

S- Nice and oaky, some funk and bourbon. Very nice and aromatic

T- The taste falls a little short of the smell. While the flavors do blend together very well, all are a little under pronounced. The nicest part was the vanilla/bourbon after taste.

M- Didn't really have enough funk or body. Nice and smooth, but a little watery.

D- It is easy to drink, but either needs some more funk or some more body. A very well balanced beer, but not really what I expected.

Photo of Mandark
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at The Publican, 1/11/11.

Pretty, clear amber appearance, a lovely white head that sticks around for awhile.
Smells of tart cherries, bourbon, rich malts, sour bread, cotton candy.
Sweetness dominates on the first sip, immediately followed by a rush of sour with not too much bourbon heat at the end. As it warms the bourbon becomes more apparent, but all the contrasts remain.
Not too much carbonation, goes down well. Not as dank, considering the sourness and bourbon, as one might expect and that's a good thing.
I could have had several of these it's so easy drinking. Nicely done.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 300! I've been wanting to try this for a while...I guess I had to leave Chi for NYC to get this beer??? Poured from a 32oz growler into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a murky amber with a fading white head. Looks spritzy like soda.

S: Very complex. Grape, raspberry, lemon and passion fruit are the immediate fruit profile. Sourpatch sourness is perceptible along with the sticky sweetness of the bourbon, which provides vanilla, woodchips and molasses aromas.

T: Tastes does not let down. The fruit flavours are reinforced by some musty funk and pineapple juice sweetness. Bourbon flavour is there, but the heat is nowhere to be found and the sourness is mild and controlled. Hops actually make a nice show in the end and it finishes in a dry, funky, almost Belgian IPA fashion.

D: Absolutely quaffable. Only the ABV slows me down. Mouthfeel is a tad overcarbonated, but it doesn't hurt the beer.

Overall: This did not disappointing. I've heard that this is essentially Matilda+Fruit+Brett+bourbon barrels, so how could you possible fuck that up? Excellent beer and I wish it was put into bottles. This was amazing paired with sour green grapes and Roquefort cheese.

Photo of rrski198
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Average redish to golden color. No head

S: Sour, funky, not much else going on here. I do really enjoy it even though it is quite simple.

T: Sour up front, then the funky yeast, finishes with a spice from the carbonation. Almost creamy and really delicious for the style.

M: Average carbonation. Again, spicy with some hints of earth and dirt. Awesome.

O: Really digging this sour. So well balanced. I would have again.

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